April 24, 2014

Couple Sues Ohio to Stop Fracking Beneath Lake

Couple’s suit against state’s fracking lease gets OK to proceed
By John Futty, The Columbus Dispatch, April 9, 2014

An important first step to challenge what has become a wholesale give-away of Ohio to the drilling interests

A Franklin County judge has ruled that a Guernsey County couple can move … Continue reading

WY Court Rejects Fracking Industry Argument to Withhold Chemicals As Trade Secrets

Litigation continues to better identify the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing
By Earth Justice, March 12, 2014

Today, the Wyoming Supreme Court issued its decision in a case where Powder River Basin Resource Council and other groups challenged the Wyoming Oil and Gas Commission’s withholding of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) chemical … Continue reading

Major Solar Energy Plan for MN Wins Support Over Gas

Experts say decision marks turning point and believe 2014 will be ‘exciting year’ for solar power
by Amel Ahmed, Al Jazerra America, January 2, 2014

Read More: Massive Minnesota Solar Project Gets Major Legal Boost

SolarIn an unprecedented decision, a Minnesota judge this week held that utility supplier Xcel Energy … Continue reading

PA Supreme Court Strikes Down Controversial Portions of Act 13

The court held that portions of the law dealing with restrictions on local zoning violate Pennsylvania’s constitution
By Marie Cusick, StateImpact, December 19, 2013

Read the entire Court decision here
Read the amicus brief opposing Act 13, prepared in part by DCS’s legal team

The state Supreme Court struck down … Continue reading

Wastewater Case Raises the Concept of Underground Trespassing

A case worth watching with obvious implications for fracking wells that contaminate adjacent well water and underground water sources. Could be very big for PA.
By Jim Malewitz, The Texas Tribune, December 6, 2013

A case involving the disposal of industrial wastewater pits two interests that are dear to many … Continue reading

In Texas Water Contamination Case, the Fire Still Burns

Steve Lipsky can light his water on fire
By Mike Soraghan, E & E Publishing, November 25, 2013

Steve Lipsky can light his water on fire.

It’s been said more than once, by people who should know, that he can’t do this. But, earlier this month, in the shadow of … Continue reading

Frackers Avoid Paying Royalties

Unfair Share: How Oil and Gas Drillers Avoid Paying Royalties
by Abrahm Lustgarten
ProPublica, Aug. 13, 2013, 10:20 a.m.

Don Feusner ran dairy cattle on his 370-acre slice of northern Pennsylvania until he could no longer turn a profit by farming. Then, at age 60, he sold all but a … Continue reading

PA DEP’s Fracking Record-Keeping Blocks Transparency

PA DEP says it organizes its records only to “support our operations”
By Susan Phillips, StateImpact, May 24, 2013

See the PA DEP Determination Letters that DCS has Obtained (independent of the Times-Tribune’s efforts and after the court cases they filed were settled)

Here’s a key question amid Pennsylvania’s natural … Continue reading

This Town Took On Fracking and Won

Tiny Dryden, New York, just won the right to send frackers packing.
By Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones, May 8, 2013

There was a time not so long ago when the most contentious issue in Dryden, New York, was hiring a new dog catcher. Situated in New York’s Finger Lakes region, … Continue reading

Court Rejects Exxon Bid to Dismiss Lawsuit

Court rejects Exxon bid to dismiss citizen enforcement suit.
Environment Texas, May 3, 2013

A federal court has rejected, for the second time, an attempt by ExxonMobil Corporation and two subsidiaries to get rid of a lawsuit filed against them by Sierra Club and Environment Texas.  The lawsuit alleges thousands … Continue reading